No. 1 Ranked USC Trojans to visit New York/New Jersey Region for Showdown with Syracuse on September 8 at MetLife Stadium
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – August 21, 2012 – Two of college football’s winningest programs square off when the top ranked USC Trojans make their first New York/New Jersey visit since 2000 to take on the Syracuse Orange at MetLife Stadium on September 8, 2012 at 3:30 PM.
It has been a decade since a number one ranked team has played in New Jersey (#1 Miami vs. Rutgers in 2002) and is USC’s first return to the Meadowlands since 2000 when the Trojans defeated Penn State 29-5 in the Kickoff Classic.
Tickets, which range in price from $55 to $150, are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, at Ticketmaster Retail Outlets, and the MetLife Stadium and IZOD Center Box Offices.
The USC Trojans boast 75 returning players from 2011 when they finished 10-2, including Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Matt Barkley and recent Penn State transfer, Silas Redd of Norwalk, Conn., who rushed for 1,241 yards last season for the Nittany Lions. Biletnikoff Award candidate wide receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee both eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving barrier in 2011. Consensus All-American Woods had a Pac-12 record 111 receptions in 2011, while Lee was a 2011 Freshman All-American and the Pac-12’s Freshman Offensive Co-Player of the Year. Tailback Curtis McNeal ran for 1,005 yards with four 100-yard outings as a co-starter in 2011. Center Khaled Holmes is a leading candidate for the Rimington Trophy. On defense, All-American safety T.J. McDonald and cornerback Nickell Robey are top Thorpe Award nominees. Linebackers Dion Bailey and Hayes Pullard, 2011 Freshman All-Americans, were the first freshmen to lead USC in tackles (Bailey was the Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year).
"We are excited to bring the USC football team to MetLife Stadium and play in front of the great fans from the New York and New Jersey area,” said USC Head Football Coach Lane Kiffin. “We expect a challenging early-season game against an outstanding Syracuse team. Both teams feature some marquee players, so the game should be of real interest not only to fans from both teams, but all college football fans.”
The Orange have a 5-3 record in the Meadowlands, including three victories against Rutgers and wins against Wisconsin and West Virginia. SU returns 12 starters from 2011, including five on offense and seven on defense. Redshirt senior quarterback Ryan Nassib will continue his climb up the Syracuse record lists. He ranks third on the career completions record list and fourth on the career passing yards record list after setting Orange single-season records in both categories last year. His 44 career touchdown passes ranks fourth all-time, and includes his record-tying 22 thrown in 2011. Senior receiver Alec Lemon has the Orange career receptions record in his sights. His 129 catches, including a school-record 68 last season, ranks fifth in SU history and is 10 shy of the record.
"We are really looking forward to going to MetLife Stadium as a football team," said Syracuse Head Coach Doug Marrone. "Our alumni in the area will have the opportunity to see Syracuse in their backyard and our fans from Syracuse and all over the East Coast can make it an outstanding day, enjoying our game against one of the best teams in the country.”
USC holds a 3-0 series record against Syracuse having won 16-0 at the Coliseum in 1924, 34-16 at the Kickoff Classic in the Meadowlands in 1990, and most recently, 38-17 at USC on September 17, 2011.
During halftime, Syracuse University Athletics and the Setnor School of Music is pleased to present The Pride of the Orange: The Syracuse University Marching Band in a special performance, featuring the father and son team of Vince and Gabriel DiMartino, who are internationally renowned jazz and classical trumpet players. An accomplished virtuoso trumpeter, Vince has played with many top-level groups, including the Chuck Mangione Band and the Boston Pops. Gabriel is also an internationally accomplished soloist who has performed in more than 15 countries and is currently professor of trumpet at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University.
About MetLife Stadium
MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Football Giants and New York Jets, sets the standard for venue excellence with state-of-the-art technology, comfort and amenities. The only active venue to serve as the home stadium for two NFL teams, MetLife Stadium hosts 20 NFL games per season, more than any other Stadium.
With a full, game-day seating capacity of 82,500, MetLife Stadium is the largest stadium in the National Football League. It boasts numerous dining options and a rail line that drops guests directly at the front door. During its inaugural year in 2010, MetLife Stadium was selected to host Super Bowl XLVIII, and in 2014 the venue will become history’s first open-air venue in a cold-weather region to hold football’s biggest game.
In 2011, MetLife Stadium was ranked No. 1 for safety by Security magazine’s “Security 500” in the Arenas/Stadiums/Leagues/ Entertainment division and for the second consecutive year was cited by Billboard magazine as the highest-grossing stadium in North America.
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